This week you can take in fabulous fiction, environmental activism or hard-driving slam poetry in bookstores and on stages along the Front Range. Word! Benjamin Hale, The Fat Artist & Other Stories Boulder Book Store
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28
$5 voucher required
If you like fiction that spews elegant language and indelible characters while reinventing the art of storytelling, search no further than Benjamin Hale’s short-story collection The Fat Artist. Hale invites readers into his own peculiar worlds on June 28 at the Boulder Book Store; a $5 voucher good toward purchase of the book is required at the door. Wenonah Hauter, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment BookBar
7 p.m. Thursday, June 30
Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter follows up Foodopoly, her revelatory account of the business of making food, with Frackopoly, the story of what’s so fracked up about America and why it’s important to fight fracking in our own back yards. Hauter gets to the grassroots in the book, and in person, at her BookBar reading and call to action. Southwest Shootout Regional Poetry Slam
Preliminaries: 7 p.m. Friday, July 1
Finals: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2 Crossroads Theater Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Tickets: $10 per event
Denver will host a selection of stellar slam teams from all over the Midwest and the Southwest — including local leaders from Slam Nuba, Denver Mercury Cafe, Minor Disturbance and Hear Here in Colorado Springs — this weekend at the Southwest Shootout, which makes its first-ever stop in Colorado. On day one, two simultaneous prelim bouts will take place at each venue; on Saturday, everyone left standing will have a showdown in the auditorium at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance — and that’s a big deal, considering that the Southwest Shootout is the biggest match of its kind in these parts. May the best man or woman win.
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